Piece of My Heart

16 Jun

“Piece of my Heart” by Peter Robinson is an excellent DCI Alan Banks novel.

This one swings between a murder in 1969 and one in about 2006.  In 1969 a young woman is found murdered in the aftermath of a music festival.  In 2006 a male music journalist is founded murdered in a Yorkshire holiday cottage.  Slowly, the threads of the two murders, separated by nearly four decades, begin to twine together.

The past and present are carefully separated in the book, not always as clearly as they could’ve been.  However, it isn’t too hard to keep track of the time strands.

The most interesting juxtaposition is that between the policing methods of the late 1960s and those of the 21st century.  The contrast weaves an interesting spell through the book.

Not the greatest Alan Banks novel by far, but an absorbing and delightful read.

Highly recommended.

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